Tad Simons


Contributing editor Tad Simons is an award-winning journalist whose writing on the local arts scene has appeared in the Twin Cities Reader, City Pages, St. Paul Pioneer Press, American Theatre magazine, BackStage, Variety and the Washington Post. Over his 25 year career, Tad has covered theater, books, music, visual arts, dance, film, and performance art (including politics). Tad’s articles and essays on these and other subjects have won more than 30 local and national awards for editorial excellence.

Kaney West

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Kanye West’s latest album proves that he is an artist for our times. more

Oct 4, 2016 1:03 PM Arts & Culture

As always, there’s more to do in Chi-town than anyone could ever pack into a few days, so a little planning goes a long way. more

Oct 3, 2016 4:17 PM The Morning After

Writers Theatre's new home near Chicago

Photo by Steve Hall

If a visit to Chicago is in is your future, a trip up the North Shore to see a play—any play—at Writers Theatre is well worth the trip. more

Sep 15, 2016 1:44 PM Arts & Culture

From Kanye to 'Sense and Sensibility,' this fall's arts lineup is as diverse as it is jam-packed. more

Aug 23, 2016 10:23 AM Arts & Culture

Age, perspective, and not a little bit of pain have prompted the members of Journey to sound like parents warning their kids to “turn it down!” more

Aug 9, 2016 1:43 PM The Morning After

We round up the must-see shows at the 2016 Minnesota Fringe Festival. more

Aug 1, 2016 4:10 PM The Morning After

Maria Bamford

Photograph by Piper Ferguson

Duluth native Maria Bamford’s Lady Dynamite makes mental illness seem perfectly, hilariously sane. more

Jul 26, 2016 2:05 PM Arts & Culture

MIA's summer show, Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection, is an exhibit of 39 works collected by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. more

Jul 11, 2016 11:03 AM The Morning After

The sillier the better is our motto when it comes to summer festivals. Here are the best fests in small towns or semi-cities. more

Jul 5, 2016 4:33 PM Arts & Culture

Duluth native Maria Bamford shines in the new Netflix original Lady Dynamite. more

Jun 13, 2016 3:24 PM The Morning After

The Walker in Minneapolis is a mess, but the transformation will be worth the wait. Honest. more

Jun 7, 2016 11:11 AM Arts & Culture


photo by Ken Howard

MN Opera’s adaptation of The Shining taps into the spirit of King’s novel much more respectfully than the movie, but could also tap into the shameless entertainer side of King's personality. more

May 10, 2016 11:03 AM The Morning After

Stephen King's 'The Shining' illustration

Illustration by Thomas Allen

Powered by a full orchestra and chorus, Stephen King's novel 'The Shining' is soon hitting the stage at the Ordway. more

Apr 27, 2016 2:10 PM Arts & Culture


Mark Herreid

Now that the shiny new US Bank Stadium is almost complete, hating on it has instantly become a favorite Minnesota sport. more

Apr 25, 2016 9:29 AM The Morning After 1 Comments

Anna Sundberg and Ron Menzel

Photo Courtesy of Jungle Theater

British playwright Nick Payne's 'Constellations' received largely enthusiastic reviews during a 2015 Broadway run starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson (The Affair), and premieres locally at the Jungle Theater in April. more

Apr 12, 2016 11:08 AM Arts & Culture

Last weekend, Theatre Latte Da proved once again why the company deserves a permanent home—and why it has thrived while so many others haven’t. more

Apr 4, 2016 3:46 PM The Morning After

Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 20th Century Abridged

Photograph by Kevin Yatarola

New York playwright/provocateur Taylor Mac uses pop songs to pop America’s oft-homophobic bubble. His "24-Decade History of Popular Music: 20th Century Abridged" is at the Guthrie March 18-19. more

Mar 11, 2016 11:42 AM Arts & Culture

Arts & Entertainment editor Tad Simons recaps the Ordinary Pictures exhibit at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. more

Feb 29, 2016 3:32 PM The Morning After

A new show at Mia focuses on bringing accessible American art to the public. more

Feb 22, 2016 1:58 PM The Morning After

Sarah Rasmussen’s Two Gentlemen is an intelligent, enjoyable, engaging production that doesn’t take itself too seriously—just seriously enough to be eminently worthy of the Jungle stage. more

Feb 16, 2016 10:13 AM The Morning After